Charles I of England Executed Today in 1649
After his succession, Charles quarrelled with the Parliament of England, which sought to curb his royal prerogative. Charles believed in the divine right of kings and thought he could govern according to his own conscience. Many of his subjects opposed his policies, in particular the levying of taxes without parliamentary consent, and perceived his actions as those of a tyrannical absolute monarch. (Wikipedia)
The charge brought against him by the English Parliament? Treason.
Do you think that there is anyone alive today who could learn from this history lesson?